Music Performance/Clarinet, M. M.
BOYER COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DANCE
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: March 1
Spring: December 1
Applications are processed as they arrive up to the deadline
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators
who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities, talents,
and aptitude for graduate study.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent
of the appropriate Bachelor of Music degree at Temple University,
which is based on a curriculum of 124 to 135 hours.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A degree in music is expected.
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should include an applicant's special interests
within the discipline and expectations for the program.
Standardized Test Scores:
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted:
525 paper-based, 197 computer-based, or 71 internet-based.
1. Two contrasting etudes.
2. Two movements from contrasting
solo repertoire (concerto, sonata, or other solo works).
3. Excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.
Using an accompanist for the audition is preferred. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for an accompanist.
A resume is required.
Students who wish to transfer credit should speak with their academic advisor and obtain a transfer of credit form, available at www.temple.edu/grad/forms/documents/Transfer_Grad_Credit_05.pdf Transfer credits must be approved by the Advisor, the Department Chair, and the Associate Dean. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.
Due to the large number of applications
for admission and the competitive nature
of its music programs, the Boyer College admits
only a portion of its applicants. In addition
to general admissions credentials required
of all Temple University graduate applicants,
criteria (i.e., auditions, portfolios, interviews,
recommendations, departmental term papers,
and standardized examinations) are weighted very heavily in admission decisions. Graduate applicants
may be rejected for admission for failing
to obtain the required level of proficiency
in any one area of the specialized admission
criteria regardless of the level of success
in meeting Temple University's general
admission criteria. In addition to the level
of success demonstrated in the criteria listed above, a final admission factor is the
College's Optimum Enrollment Policy. This
Policy may preclude the admission of any
student who meets the minimum requirements.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond
the Baccalaureate: 30
MUSIC 8500: Instrumental Ensemble*
MUSIC 8504: Instrumental Lessons
MUSIC 8510: Instrumental Ensemble*
MUSIC 8514: Instrumental Lessons
MUSIC 8524: Instrumental Lessons
MUSIC 8584: Instrumental Lessons/Recital
MUSIC STUDIES 8701: Research in Music
MUSIC STUDIES 8742-8746: Seminar in Theoretical/Stylistic Analysis
* M.M. candidates must be available for ensemble assignments, which are determined by the department chair and may exceed curricular requirements.
Electives (8 s.h.) selected from Music, Music Education, Music Studies, or other graduate departments. At least 3 s.h. must be in academic, non-performance coursework. Advisor approval required.
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All degree credits are to be earned at Temple University.
Internship: No internship is required.
No language examination is required.
Comprehensive Final Project
Fourth semester of Instrumental Lessons (Music 8584).
All entering Master of Music students are required to take Diagnostic Examinations in Harmony, Counterpoint, Aural Theory, and Music History prior to the first semester of graduate study. The purpose of these examinations is to determine inadequacies in undergraduate preparation. Depending on the examination results, a student may be required to take one or more remedial courses. Remedial courses are graded on a "Credit / No Credit" basis and the official university transcript will indicate "CR" (for "Credit," signifying that the deficiency has been satisfied) or "NC" (for "No Credit," signifying that the deficiency has not been satisfied). Students must have a "B-" or better average in any remedial course or section to earn the grade of "Credit" and to satisfy the requirement. A student who earns a grade of "NC" (that is, having a class average below "B-") must retake that course or section until an average of "B-" or higher is achieved and a grade of "CR" is recorded on the official university transcript. Remedial courses are offered for undergraduate credit only, and do not count toward graduate degree requirements.
1. All entering M.M. students must take the Diagnostic Examination in Harmony, Counterpoint, and Aural Theory prior to the first semester of graduate study unless conditions for exemption have been met (see below). A student may take the test only once, and if she does not pass the test or any portion thereof, she must enroll in the remedial course(s) during her first semester of study. The examiners will stipulate which sections of remedial coursework the student must take. The courses are "Diatonic Harmony Review" (Music Studies 5001, one credit), "Chromatic Harmony Review" (Music Studies 5002, one credit), "Counterpoint Review" (Music Studies 5003, one credit), and "Graduate Aural Theory Review" (Music Studies 5004 three credits).
2. All entering M.M. students are required to take the Diagnostic Examination in Music History prior to registering for their first semester of graduate study unless conditions for exemption have been met (see below). If a student is unsuccessful in passing any portion of the Music History examination, she may select one of two options. Option A entails registering for Music History Review (Music Studies 5005 for 1 to 5 undergraduate credits, with 1 credit assigned to each of the following five periods: Renaissance; Baroque; Classic; Romantic; and Twentieth Century). A student may register for a maximum of 3 credits of Music History Review in any semester; thus, it is possible to extend the remediation over two semesters. Option B entails studying independently and retaking the failed sections of the examination at the end of the first semester of study. A student may retake the examination only once, and if any section is failed a second time, she must take the assigned remedial sections in their second semester of study.
3. Conditions for Exemption: The requirement to take the Diagnostic Examination in any area is waived only for graduates of the Boyer College of Music who: 1) matriculate and enroll in the semester immediately following completion of all undergraduate degree requirements, and 2) received grades of "B-" or better in every undergraduate course taken in each individual examination area to be waived.
Professional Development Policy:
All students in the Boyer College of Music and Dance, in addition to
the required subjects toward their degrees, are obligated
to serve in a number of capacities in order to enrich their
academic and musical expertise. Such experiences give impetus to successful professional
careers. Among the duties that may be required are conducting
laboratory classes, tutoring, teaching private lessons,
coaching, participating in the distribution and inventory
control of Temple University-owned musical instruments and instructional
materials, participating in ensembles, accompanying, performing
at admissions and open house events, supervising performance
classes, and other academic activities.
1. Students in touring performing ensembles are required to participate in all scheduled tours. These tours, usually one or two weeks in length, often take place immediately after the termination of a semester. All students must arrange their schedules to accommodate this requirement.
2. Master's degree candidates in performance must be available for ensemble assignments at the discretion of the department chair, including those beyond curricular requirements.
3. With special permission, graduate students for whom there is no ensemble requirement, or where previous ensemble credits exceed the graduation requirement, may participate in choral and instrumental ensembles without cost, with prior permission from the ensemble director, the department chair, and the Associate Dean.
Independent Study Courses:
Independent study courses provide a special opportunity to work in a highly individualized setting with one or more faculty members. All such study must receive the approval of the faculty member providing the instruction, the student's major advisor, and the Associate Dean. Approval will be granted only after the student has presented a detailed description of the intended independent study project. Approval of independent study projects will be granted only for students whose academic and musical record provides substantial support for the benefits of this type of study. In no case may more than 20% of a graduate student's curriculum be taken as independent study. Private lessons beyond those required in the curriculum are not an appropriate form of independent study.
All students, including those for whom English is not the native language, are expected to present all written work in acceptable English. No double standard exists to differentiate students on the basis of proficiency in the use of the English language. Students are also responsible for becoming familiar with the College's statement on plagiarism and academic honesty.
Graduate Private Lesson Policy:
one-hour private lessons are provided for
all matriculated master's and doctoral performance
majors in good standing, provided at least
three additional credits of programmatically
required graduate level study are taken
simultaneously. A $200 per semester lesson
fee (subject to change without notice) is
charged for all private lessons. Tuition
remission may not be used to cover the private
Private applied lessons beyond the four-semester requirement currently in effect for graduate performance students, may be extended with the permission of the department chair and the Associate Dean or Dean of the Boyer College of Music and Dance.
Students withdrawing from the recital requirement
during the recital semester, Music 8584, the fourth semester of lessons, will receive
a grade of "Incomplete" and must register for extended
study for non-degree credit (Music 5000: "Recital Extension" for 2 credits).
Recital Extension must be taken each semester
after the fourth until the recital is presented. This
course will be offered on a credit/no credit
basis only. Upon satisfactory completion
of the recital, the Incomplete for the
recital course will be replaced by a letter
grade and "Music 5000: Recital Extension" will
be issued a grade of "CR." Credit derived
from Recital Extension does not count
toward degree requirements.
1. Recital Extension Fees: Tuition for these additional terms
of private study will equal the cost of 2 graduate credits
plus a $400 Recital Extension fee. Graduate assistantships
and other forms of university-sponsored financial aid do
not cover the Recital Extension fee.
2. Exceptions to Recital Extension: The exceptions to the
Recital Extension Policy are as follows:
a. Students who perform their recitals during the first three
weeks of the Spring semester are not required to register
for Recital Extension that semester.
b. Students who register for Recital Extension during the
Summer may perform their recitals during the first three
weeks of the Fall semester. However, if the student does
not take Recital Extension during the Summer, she may
not present the recital in the Fall semester, regardless of
the date, without also registering for the Fall semester of
3. Failure to Present Recital: The degree status of students
who are unable to present a recital after one semester of
Recital Extension will be reviewed by the Associate Dean
and the major advisor, who, in consultation with the major
teacher and department, will determine whether or not the
student may continue in the program. Inability to present
the recital after one semester of Recital Extension may be
grounds for dismissal from the degree program for failing
to maintain reasonable academic progress.
Incompletes: All incomplete grades and keyboard proficiencies must be fulfilled by the first day of the month in which the student expects to graduate.
Comprehensive Final Project:
All candidates for the Master of Music degree are required to complete and pass a Comprehensive Final Project in music literature. The project requires the student to maintain and submit a list of music studied/performed in all four semesters of lessons, write program notes or background information for any two of those pieces, and submit a 2000 word discussion or theoretical analysis of a third piece from the submitted works.
The Project is due by April 1 for anticipated May graduation and November 1 for anticipated December graduation. Detailed information is available from the Chair.
Performance majors present a public recital as the culminating event for the master's degree (Music 8584).
Graduation recitals are typically one hour in length and presented on-campus in either Rock Hall or Klein Recital Hall. The student must show evidence through Temple University transcript records of having taken private lessons up to the time of the graduation recital. Students who wish to play a recital in the early Fall should plan to register for and complete the final semester of lessons during the preceding Summer months.
A Recital Permission Form indicating the private teacher's approval for performance of the graduation recital must be signed by the private teacher and submitted six weeks prior to the recital. (If the recital is on the first five weeks of the spring semester, it must be submitted two weeks before the end of the fall semester.) A Recital Permission Jury may be required by the private teacher, which must be scheduled at least four weeks prior to the recital. If the form is not submitted or the jury (if required) not performed, the department reserves the right to cancel or postpone the recital.
Graduation recitals are adjudicated by two full-time music faculty members.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Instrumental Studies
Boyer College of Music
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Professor Jeffrey Solow
Professor Jeffrey Solow
Professor Jeffrey Solow
About the Program
The master's degree in clarinet performance
develops expertise beyond baccalaureate-level
achievement. Students specialize in the study
of the major instrument and take courses outside
the major area that support advanced musical
and academic development. The Department of
Instrumental Studies provides the potential
professional performer and/or teacher with
the finest instrumental training within the
context of a comprehensive university. Students
study privately with professional artist-teachers
and enjoy opportunities for performance in
numerous large and chamber music ensembles.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 6 years
Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete
the degree program on a part-time basis (8
credit hours or less per semester).
Dept. of Instrumental Studies
Boyer College of Music and Dance
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
With the approval of the major advisor, students may elect to take up to 6 graduate credits outside the field of music.
Boyer College has been
ranked among the top 30 music schools in
the country by U.S. News & World Report.
This degree program is accredited by the National Association
of Schools of Music (NASM).
Areas of Specialization:
Study emphasizes performance on the
major instrument, solo and ensemble literature, and academic support areas
The program prepares musicians for
either professional activity or doctoral study.
Non-Degree Student Policy:
Non-matriculated students may enroll
in selected courses in music with permission,
but may not take applied lessons until they
have been fully admitted and matriculated.
Boyer College of Music and Dance offers a number of assistantships
and academic internships to matriculated graduate
students. Full awards carry a cash stipend
plus full tuition remission for the Fall and
Spring semesters. Partial awards also are
available in values of 1/4 or 1/2 of
a full award. Duties for assistantships and
internships vary, but typically include teaching,
tutoring, classroom assistance, research,
artistic performance, and/or direct service
related to academic programs. Applicants must
submit an assistantship/internship application
by March 1 to obtain priority consideration
for an award.
Applications are available online at the Graduate Financial Aid page of Boyer's website. Typically these awards are made only in the
Fall semester for up to two semesters: Fall
and Spring. Awards may be renewed on an annual
basis (typically up to one additional year
for master's students and up to three years
for doctoral students), based on departmental
needs as well as satisfactory academic and
musical progress by the recipient.